By Evie Carrick
May 22, 2019
Credit: Courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Las Vegas may be located in a landlocked state, but it is Vegas — and somehow that makes it less surprising that it’s home to North America’s only predator-based aquarium. In true Vegas fashion, visitors can find the one-of-a-kind site at the iconic Mandalay Bay resort. In addition to showcasing exotic sea animals, the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium offers guests the chance to swim with them.

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The aquarium is home to around 15 species of sharks, including sand tiger, sandbar, and white tip reef sharks. After a tour of the aquarium and an equipment orientation, scuba certified guests can test their courage — and get a healthy dose of adrenaline — by diving into a 1.3-million-gallon tank full of predators.

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The experience costs $650 for one diver and $1,000 for two. The price includes equipment and a video of your underwater excursion. Reservations are available for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. To book, call the Mandalay Bay concierge at (877) 305-3136.

For visitors who are not ready to make the dive, a tunnel running across the tank offers an almost 360-degree view of the underwater world. The Shark Reef Aquarium boasts 14 exhibits and is home to over 2,000 animals including piranhas, giant stingrays, and endangered green sea turtles.